Installation Tribute to Alexander Calder

Public art intervention at MAMAC till 27 October 2013

by eleonora usseglio prinsi
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INSTALLATION _ To honour the structural renovations to the Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art (MAMAC) in Nice (France), Gilbert Perlein, Chief Curator and Director of the MAMAC invited internationally acclaimed contemporary artist Arne Quinze to make a public art intervention.

Arne Quinze known for his large scale wooden and metal public art installations was the reference of choice to inaugurate the museums new start. Evoking communication and social interaction is Arne Quinze's biggest artistic driving force. Primarily by means of his large-scale constructions located in public places, he has amazed many a passer-by. 



The wooden sculpture named 'Hommage à Alexander Calder' is settled on the square of the museum during the summer months until the 27th October. This installation will evoke a dialogue between the museums architecture, the city and it's public.

Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976) was an American sculptor best known as the originator of the mobile, a type of kinetic sculpture the delicately balanced or suspended components of which move in response to motor power or air currents; by contrast, Calder’s stationary sculptures are called stabiles. He also produced numerous wire figures, notably for a vast miniature circus.

"Cities like open-air museums, sounds like realizing my ultimate dream; a confrontation with the public surrounded by art every day. Art has a positive effect on human beings and their personal development; it can extend their horizon and can broaden their view." explained the Belgian artist Arne Quinze.

Arne Quinze was born in 1971 in Belgium and lives and works in Sint-Martens-Latem, Belgium. Quinze creates large and small sculptures, drawings, paintings, and large-scale installations. Recurring fundamentals in his oeuvre are the use of multiple types of wood, including salvaged wood; electrical colors in fluorescent paint; and themes referring to social interaction, communication, and urbanism. What drives Quinze is the belief in the possible realization of an idealistic society where all individuals communicate and interact, aiming to bring people together and push them into a vigorous dialogue. In his urban vision, communal activities flourish and social cohesion is the norm.

Image Courtesy Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art Nice

MAMAC Nice 
Place Yves Klein
06364 Nice cedex 4

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